Northup was born in the New York town of Minerva in 1808, and held numerous jobs upstate, one of which was a violinist.
That afternoon, Maria presented her Minerva Awards to five “remarkable women” who have changed lives.
Outside, on the roof, the clock is flanked by more Beaux Arts touches: statues of Hercules, Mercury, and Minerva.
ancient Roman goddess of arts, crafts, and sciences; wisdom, sense, and reflection (later identified with Greek Athene), late 14c., mynerfe, from Latin Minerva, from Old Latin Menerva, from *menes-wa, from PIE root *men- "mind, understanding, reason" (see mind (n.)). Cf. Sanskrit Manasvini, name of the mother of the Moon, manasvin "full of mind or sense." Related: Minerval.
The Roman name of Athena, the Greek and Roman goddess of wisdom.